Something Stinks in Suburbia
The new film Suburbicon is George Clooney’s first attempt to direct a Coen Brothers movie. The brothers reportedly wrote the script as far back as the eighties, but never got around to making it themselves. Enter their frequent collaborator Clooney, along with his writing partner Grant Heslov, and the project is finally seeing the light of day with Matt Damon in the lead as an average suburban father whose seemingly peaceful life goes askew. The plot and tone of the movie definitely scream “this is a Coen Brothers film”, but it ultimately is missing the panache of their iconic directing style.
Melted on Arrival
In 2011, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson adapted John le Carre’s espionage novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for the big screen and the result was a meticulously detailed, terrifically plotted drama that earned Gary Oldman his long-overdue first Oscar nomination. Flash-forward to 2017 and the director is finally delivering his follow-up, an adaptation of Jo Nesbo’s popular thriller The Snowman. But unfortunately, the director has seemingly lost his way with this one. Instead of meticulous details and suspenseful plotting, we get a mess of a movie that can’t get out of its own way as it fails to deliver on anything it promised.
Wonder Woman’s Other Origin Story
It is definitely the year of Wonder Woman. The character’s standalone action film was a monster hit earlier this year and she is about to play a major role in the Justice League film. But in between those two tent-pole films comes the release of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, a smaller scale film that tells the unexpected story that inspired the character’s creation in the first place.
A Story of Survival and Love
The new survival film The Mountain Between Us is an actor’s movie. Sure, it has action, suspense, and a love story, but whether the movie will succeed or not really depends on the actors as there are only two of them for the majority of the movie. So it is a good thing that the two actors are really good ones in Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. In fact, it is due to their performances and chemistry that the movie works despite its rather by-the-numbers survival storyline.